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Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America by Tom Nelson

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Tom Nelson Tom Nelson
Explore score
0.25 Gigapixels
Date added
Jun 28, 2009
Date taken
Jun 28, 2009

Nikon D3


I'm working on strategies to capture action in a GigaPan. I took a grid of photos with a tripod-mounted Nikon D3, then went back and shot action at various points along the track. Then I patched these action shots into the scene. I couldn't resist putting several rides together -- in real life there'd only be one car on the track at a time. There are two rides in this image: the Spongebob Squarepants Rock Bottom Plunge in the foreground and the Pepsi Orange Streak in the background.
Nikon D3 at 1600 ISO, 1/400 second at f/8.
The Mall of America is the largest indoor shopping mall in the United States (there's a bigger one in Canada). Nickelodeon Universe is the amusement park at its center.

Gigapan Comments (3)

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  1. Stoney Vintson

    Stoney Vintson (July 08, 2009, 09:54AM )

    What a fun panorama : )

  2. Tom Nelson

    Tom Nelson (July 02, 2009, 06:29PM )

    Too bad this site doesn't have a forum; that would be the perfect place for this. The GigaPan can make such huge panoramas because it makes a regular grid of captures. With this, the software doesn't have to guess so hard about what is where. If you have a tripod with angle markings on the pan unit, you can fake it with a DSLR that wouldn't fit the GigaPan. Take a row, turning a certain number of markings each time, go down a row, making sure you overlap, then take another row. The vertical spacing will be somewhat arbitrary but the horizontal spacing will be more-or-less even. Keep the tripod in the same position and shoot your details. Find where they fit in the original grid and replace the background with the details. Now stitch your panorama.

  3. David Engle

    David Engle (July 02, 2009, 04:14PM )

    Tom, this is really awesome. I really wish I knew exactly how to do this. I have a Nikon D70 with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and the Canon SX110, but here in Houston, we no longer have an amuesment ride like this, nor do we have a zoo as spectacular as your what is in your recent GigaPan. This too has been bookmarked.

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